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Freedom is threatened by democracy crumbling from within. We use research, technology, and data analysis to protect what's working in our democracy today — and to help build the democracy of tomorrow.

Election certification, explained

Election certification is the process through which the canvass – the process of counting and aggregating ballots, and ensuring that every ballot is accounted for – is concluded.

July 24, 2024

  • Protecting Elections
  • Analysis
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Presidential emergency powers, explained

In our constitutional system, a national emergency declaration allows the president to temporarily use certain authorities that Congress has previously approved.

July 17, 2024

  • Defending the Rule of Law
  • Analysis
Pennsylvania Election Ballot

Assessing Pennsylvania voter list maintenance

How do we know if Pennsylvania voter rolls are “clean"? A first step is to monitor the public voter file and analyze the data over time, which is exactly what VoteShield does.

June 28, 2024

  • Protecting Elections
  • Analysis
Illustration of handcuffs and the White House.

Survey finds cross-partisan opposition to January 6 pardons

The survey found broad opposition to the proposition of pardoning those convicted of crimes related to the events of January 6, with 59 percent of voters opposing pardons for January 6 generally.

June 25, 2024

  • Defending the Rule of Law
  • Analysis
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Media Guides: Covering Political Violence

Covering political violence and violent extremism can be a fraught endeavor for the media. Guidance for political violence reporting.

June 18, 2024

  • Shaping the Democracy of Tomorrow
  • Analysis
An image of Donald Trump's signature on a bill.

The impoundment threat, explained

Trump’s position is wrong. There is no inherent power to impound.  The history of presidential impoundments make this clear. 

June 13, 2024

  • Defending the Rule of Law
  • Analysis